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It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir


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An elegant, witty, frank, touching, and deeply personal account of the loves both great and fleeting in the life of one of America's most celebrated and fabled women.

Born to great wealth yet kept a virtual prisoner by the custody battle that raged between her proper aunt and her self-absorbed, beautiful mother, Gloria Vanderbilt grew up in a special world. Stunningly beautiful herself, yet insecure and with a touch of wildness, she set out at a very early age to find romance. And find it she did. There were love affairs with Howard Hughes, Bill Paley, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few, and one-night stands, which she writes about with delicacy and humor, including one with the young Marlon Brando. There were marriages to men as diverse as Pat De Cicco, who abused her; the legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, who kept his innermost secrets from her; film director Sidney Lumet; and finally writer Wyatt Cooper, the love of her life.

Now, in an irresistible memoir that is at once ruthlessly forthright, supremely stylish, full of fascinating details, and deeply touching, Gloria Vanderbilt writes at last about the subject on which she has hitherto been silent: the men in her life, why she loved them, and what each affair or marriage meant to her. This is the candid and captivating account of a life that has kept gossip writers speculating for years, as well as Gloria's own intimate description of growing up, living, marrying, and loving in the glare of the limelight and becoming, despite a family as famous and wealthy as America has ever produced, not only her own person but an artist, a designer, a businesswoman, and a writer of rare distinction.

Table of Contents


Like a pack of tarot cards

haphazardly thrown out on a table —

pick one, turn it over, turn the page...



The Scarlet Sting of Scandal

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolves

The Great Thing

Wedded Bliss...

Happy Birthday

My Mummy — Later

Much, Much Later...

Fantasia with Stokowski

Breakfast at Tiffany's with the Tiny Terror

Bill Paley and the Tiny Terror

Dinner Chez Brando

There's That Phone Call...

Miracle and Me

King Arthur and Lady Guinevere

A Red Rose

Of Pink Tongues and How Serious and Sincere It All Was

Fortune Cookies

Over the Rainbow at Ten Gracie Square

Fast Forward...

Le Divorce

Once There Was a Couple...

Rock Bottom

The Fantast

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Another Part of the Forest


Hazel Kelly

Someone Like You


Quite by Chance

What Are You Going to Wear?

Long Distance


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Vanderbilt, Gloria
Simon & Schuster
Rich & Famous
General Biography
Biography-Rich and Famous
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